Friday, 20 May 2016

The Cigar Box - Postcards Home

Contents of The Cigar Box - most from 1943-1945
Property of Lieutenant Thomas Ray Edward "Bud" Seale.
Enlisted:  Royal Canadian Engineers Sept 1940
Transferred:  RCASC 1st Bridge Company, then 85th Bridge 9 Jun 1941
Transferred:  15th Field Reg't, Royal Canadian Artillery

Postcards Home - Addressed to their house on Patricia Ave, NDG, Montreal

During WWII Bud would send off a quick note on a postcard just to say he was fine and would write longer newsier letters when he had more time. These seem to be the earliest postcards I have, from the date and/or the place.

Rose Garden park Hill, Croydon

Postmarked Croyden, July '42

Dear Folks, I am feeling fine. I can't write now but I will as soon as I can.
Love to all, Bud

Postmarked CCMD 1 Cdn Corps Transport Column 23 Feb 1943 
FPO (Field Post Office) THCI Feb 24, 43

Dear Mom & Pop, Thanks for letter Jan 23rd. Hope you are well again Mom. This is the canteen I'm writing from. A marvelous old place. Love to all, Bud xxx

Old Tollgate House, Horsham (signed WS Russell)

Postmarked Horsham, Sussex, Dec (no year visible), Passed (censor) P 203

Dear Mom & Pop, Every thing fine & well here. Merry Xmas. Am writing. Keep the loves coming. Love Bud xxx

All postcards are going to my daughter JulieAnne who collects postcards. 


  1. You are so lucky to have these postcards. I have letters sent from a paternal uncle to my grandmother during WWII, but would have loved if he had sent picture post cards, too! What a treasure.

    1. I have some postcards he didn't write on or send, he got them just to remember he was there. I wish I had lots of letters!


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